benghazi attack. and c-n-n reports president obama has nominated senator john kerry to replace clinton as secretary of state. a formal announcement could come as early as next week. the expected nomination follows u-n ambassador susan rice's decision to withdraw her name from consideration. she dropped out of the running thursday after weeks of criticism from republicans about statements she made on the septemeber benghazi attack -- that killed four americans, including ambassador chris stevens. if the senate approves, kerry would replace clinton who plans to leave her post within the administration.former south african president nelson mandela is recovering from gallstone surgery.the presidency said the 94- year-old's procedure was successful.mandela's doctors wanted to treat a re-current lung infection before putting him through surgery. he has been hospitalized since december 8th. egyptians lined up to vote on a draft constitution today. the proposed charter has deeply divided the country between islamist supporters of the document and those who fear it will usher in religious rule.